Women’s strawweight contender Rose Namajunas will be getting her big break at UFC 217 when she gets to fight Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the 115-pound title. During UFC 216 fight week early this month, she was able to come face-to-face with the champion in a staredown.
On Monday’s MMA Hour episode, “Thug Rose” revealed what Jedrzejczyk told her in their face-off.
“I think she started out by saying like ‘mentally unstable’ and she said something else that … once she said that, I think I just like blanked out,” Namajunas said (via MMA Fighting). “I don’t remember what she said in the middle. And then I think towards the end, as she started walking away, she said, ‘I’m gonna f--k you up’ or something like that. I don’t know, kissed her hand. But I couldn’t make out everything, but I was kind of like in this weird trance state where I was getting a few words here and there.”
Namajunas admitted that her family has a history of mental illness, but in no way thinks it would be a disadvantage to her. In fact, she believes the exact opposite.
“Joanna can say I’m mentally unstable and this and that — and she might be right. I have a history of it in my family,” Namajunas said. “I think that’s what makes me so great of a fighter. I’m crazy as hell. And fighting helps me with that.”
“I think if more people would hit a bag and more people would train martial arts the right away, I think there would be less tragedies in the world and less f--ked up things that would happen.”
Jedrzejczyk vs. Namajunas will be the first of three title fights featured on the November 4th card at Madison Square Garden in New York City.